The Moths of Suffolk
1806 Pretty Pinion, Perizoma blandiata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Locally extinct/Vagrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Moorland, upland pasture, limestone hills

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early August

Larval foodplants : Eyebright, on the flowers and seeds

Comments : No recent record

Morley's Final Catalogue : Hitherto unrecorded from East Anglia, where it must be of extreme rarity, since the sole known specimen was netted by Mr. Morley during 1894 in the Bentley Woods near Ipswich: now in his coll.

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-11mm, Wingspan 20-24mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLime-speck Pug, Eupithecia centaureata

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Tromiebridge Meadow, Inverness-shire (28.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Tromie Meadows, Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve, Inverness-shire (24.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Dolomites, Italy (30.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman